Sarah Carless reports …
JAS Bishop Burton
More than 150 competitors headed to Bishop Burton for its JAS fixture.
Finn Healy took a brace of wins with Jack In The Box II – winning the BE90 and BE100 classes, with a score of 1.0 in each. Kate Dennis and Viking Raider were the runners up in the BE90 followed by Annie Smith and Annaghmore Lad.
Jordan Kavanagh was the victor in the BE90 Open with Zazou Sow followed by Naomi Moult riding King Alfred The Great II in second and Aine Cooper and Quizee Rascal in third. Jordan picked up another top three placing in the BE100, with second on Extender, with Xanthe De Wesselow in third with Baramona Lass.
Hotshots ridden by Connie Gill took the win in the BE100 Open. Xanthe De Wesselow had another good result with second in this section, riding Darling Surekan with Katie Lovell in third with Beechlands Lass.
The Novice class was won by Daniella Johnstone with Elton John II followed by Alice Walker (Blowell Beeline) and Xanthe De Wesselow and Darling Surekan collecting their second top three result with third.
Connie Gill and Hotshots made it two wins with victory in the Open Novice, with a final score of 1.0. Daniella Johnstone took second on Cavalier Road with Elise Bradley taking third on Finnigans Gold.
Connie told Eventing Worldwide: “I competed Hotshots at last year at Novice Under 18 and some of the early pony trials. I hope to do pony trials again this year, and our aim is to try and get placed at some of the trials. The JAS series is a really good way of getting you prepared for the season with a mixture of show jumps and cross country fences at really nice arenas – they are really well run events, with really good sponsorship by Baileys. It was brilliant to get the season off to a winning start, winning the 100 and Novice on Hotshots, who jumped really well in both classes.”
Daisy Proctor was on top form at Keysoe’s JAS competition, collecting three wins and a further two top ten placings.
Lucy Stimson was the first winner of the day in the BE90 class with Devlin III – with the pair going on to finish ninth in the BE100 class. Ella Hammond and Alfie VI finished second ahead of Gracie Lovett Brunt and Prim N Proper in third.
Daisy Proctor’s first win of the day came in the BE90 Open with Apache’s Blaze, who was also her winning ride in the BE100 Open. Second in the BE90 Open went to Katharine Thorogood and My Newtown Clover, with this pair also placing second in the BE100. Third went to Caroline Smith and Arturos Graduate.
Shersheen Courage was the winner ride for Philippa King in the BE100 section, with the pair going on to finish third in the Novice. Caroline Smith had another top placing in this section, this time taking third with Toces Bright Lass. In the BE100 Open, Greta Mason finished second behind Daisy Proctor with Emily Finston and Comanche Colours taking third place.
Daisy Bathe and Pumpkin Pie II took the honours in the Novice ahead of Biddy Brasted-Watts and Bansha Vendi in second. Daisy Proctor took her third victory of the day in the Open Novice riding Holiday Chase with Abbi Stone and Enumero in second and Charlotte Turner and Coney Square finishing third.
The weekend also had two Jump Training fixtures – with more than 100 competitors heading to Berkshire College and Gold Cross.
JT Berkshire College
Lucia Mayhew took victory in the JT80 class at Berkshire College with Floyd IV, with the pair also placing fifth in the JT90 class. They were followed by Stephanie Read (Equation) and Emma Tillett (Aughamore Lad).
Victory in JT90 went to Sadie Foster with Horse Power, or Saucy as he is known, who she has owned for a year. She told Eventing Worldwide: “Saucy tries his heart out for me everywhere we go and I can never thank him enough for what a star he is. In the short time I have had him we have already achieved so much and I can’t wait for my future with him he’s one in a million. It was an amazing experience to win at the jump training event as it has just shown me and saucy hard work really does pays off – we both took a lot away from it. Starting the winter events with a win has motivated me and Saucy to get out and compete this year, in which we will hopefully start in the eventing season doing BE 90 eventing! I can’t wait for this season and the year ahead.”
Second went to Charlotte Kennedy (Sir Winky of Springwood) with Pip Frankish taking third (Olympic Gold Touch).
Sasha Good and Western King took victory in the JT100 section. It was great preparation for the season ahead as this pair will be heading to Badminton in May for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup for the BE100 Championships having qualified at the regional final held at Bovington in October. Lillie Brown and Luxury Flight took second ahead of Danielfab Seren DLWS ridden by Lucas Peries.
Sixteen year old Sasha, who is studying her A-Levels at Alton College, has successfully competed King at Novice. It was a great start to the season for Sasha who has high hopes for the year ahead, along with her siblings – 12 year old Ben and 14 year old Jenna and their successful string of horses and ponies.
She said: “It was really amazing to start the season with a win. King has been on holiday since October following a really busy season and since we’ve had him back in work we haven’t been able to give him a jump due to the school being frozen. So the JT was his first jump since Aldon BE100 Three Day where he finished 6th. This season we are aiming to go BE 1* and also to compete at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup BE100 which we have qualified for. Last year we competed at Badminton however I forgot to start my stopwatch which resulted in 14 too fast time faults which was disappointing after a double clear. We are also aiming to qualify and compete at the Pony Club open national eventing championships after finishing 5th in the intermediate championships.”
JT Golden Cross
The first winner of the day was Rochelle Stewart with The Irish Gig in the JT80. They were followed by Dinah Smith and Culmore JJ and Katie Ruben with Pepsi taking second and third places.
Lucy Rackham rode Castlefrench Duke to victory in the JT90. Emily Morris (Millpark Houdini) took second with Jenny Naylor Davis taking third (Jump Que).
In the JT100 Ella Bubb took victory with Stirred Not Shaken ahead of Tallulah Haycock and Ella Heron in third with Roscrib Cletta.